Indian English at work
So how this gonna happen -
- Traditional English is set to fragment into a multitude of dialects as it spreads around the world, a language expert claims.
- People will effectively have to learn two varieties of the language – one spoken in their home country, and a new kind of Standard English which can be internationally understood.
- Traditional English could one day become a family of languages, just as Latin once did.
- The English spoken in countries with rapidly-booming economies, such as India and China, will increasingly influence this global standard.
- In future, users of global Standard English might replace the British English: “I think it’s going to rain”, with the Indian English: “I am thinking it’s going to rain”.
- People tend to use the present continuous where British English use the present simple. For example, where British English speaker would say: “I think, I feel, I see” a speaker of Indian English might say: “I am thinking, I am feeling, I am seeing”. This way of speaking could easily become sexy and part of global Standard English.
- This could spell the end of the dominance of American English as the prevailing language of international affairs.
- In language, numbers count. There are more people speaking English in India than in the rest of the native English-speaking world.
- Even now, if you ring a call centre, often it’s an Indian voice you hear at the end of the phone. As the Indian economy grows, so might the influence of Indian English.
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